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Join the MCH Workforce Development Center this fall to begin an exploratory workforce development journey!

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Working in a Title V agency in 2021 is no easy task; from the COVID-19 pandemic to the naming of racism as a public health crisis, the MCH workforce remains committed to supporting the health of families and communities. If you want to support your Title V team and partners with the skills and tools they need for this complex work, consider joining a cohort of your Title V peers this fall for Phase One of the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s newly redesigned 2022 Learning Journey. Increase your workforce capacity, learn new skills and tools, and make progress on a real-life public health challenge of importance to you.

The 2022 Learning Journey offers the opportunity to engage over three stages.

  Phase One October to December 2021  

Join Center staff for a series of conversations and exploratory webinars designed to help you clarify the workforce skills you and your team hope to gain and to identify a real-life public health challenge you wish to address.

  Phase Two January to August 2022  

Work with a team of colleagues and partners to learn new skills and tools designed to help you make progress on your challenge. Participants will attend a Learning Institute (virtually or in-person), engage through a webinar series, and benefit from the support of active coaching and in-state consultation.

  Phase Three September to December 2022  

In this optional phase, teams will receive support to sustain and/or spread lessons learned during Phase Two.

Letter of Interest

The Center invites state/jurisdictional Title V agencies interested in participating in Phase One of the Learning Journey to submit a letter of interest by Friday, October 1, 2021 to Thea Calhoun (dorothea_calhoun@unc.edu). If you think the 2022 Learning Journey might be right for you and your colleagues, please prepare a short letter of interest to include:

· Names and email addresses of at least two potential team co-leads

· Ideas about the workforce development needs of your MCH team members (If you are not this far along, that’s fine.)

· An idea for the real-life challenge your team might want to work on to practice the skills and tools from the Center (If you are not this far along, that’s fine.)

· A statement attesting that you and your organization will make a good faith effort to participate fully in all Phase One Learning Journey activities, including 3-5 learning webinars, coaching, evaluation activities, and other opportunities as appropriate

September 23 Informational Call

September 23, 2021 (3:00 pm ET)
Informational Call for Potential Applicants – Optional Join via zoom, https://uncsph.zoom.us/j/7986879658 , Meeting ID: 798 687 965

Eligibility

A state/jurisdiction Title V program must be the lead participant. Only one letter of interest per state/jurisdiction will be considered. All states and jurisdictions are eligible and encouraged to apply, even if they have participated in a previous Cohort or received assistance from the Center in the past.

Timeline

 September 3, 2021 Open Call for Letters of Interest
 September 23, 2021 (3:00 pm ET)
Informational Call for Potential Applicants – Optional Join via zoom, https://uncsph.zoom.us/j/7986879658 , Meeting ID: 798 687 965
 October 1, 2021 Letters of Interest for participation in Phase One of the 2022 Learning Journey due via email at 5:00pm ET
 October 4, 2021 Accepted teams notified
 October 13, 2021 (3:00pm ET)
Welcome Webinar for 2022 Learning Journey teams in Phase One
 October 27 (3:00pm ET)
Learning Webinar for Phase One
 November 3 (3:00pm ET)
Learning Webinar for Phase One
 November 10 (3:00pm ET)
Learning Webinar for Phase One
 November 17 (3:00pm ET)
Learning Webinar for Phase One
 December 10, 2021 Applications for Phase Two of 2022 Learning Journey due via email at 5:00pm ET*

 

*If, at the end of the two-month exploratory phase, your team feels ready to move to the next phase of the Learning Journey, your coach will help you develop an application before the December 10th deadline.

** All Center training and consultation services are free of charge.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Overview

Major transformations in the public health landscape offer opportunities to improve public health systems, state/jurisdiction and community health care delivery, and ultimately, key health outcomes for MCH populations. Title V programs are uniquely positioned to help lead and influence major health system transformations as they affect children, youth, women, families and communities. The MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity and skills in three strategic skill areas – change management, systems integration, and evidence-based decision making and applied implementation. In addition, Family Engagement and Health Equity are cross cutting priorities that are integrated into all Center assistance.

What to Expect when Working with the Center

Learning Journey participants should plan to actively engage and work with staff from the Center according to the timeline above. Each team selected for Phase One will be assigned a coach who will serve as the primary liaison with the Center and as a broker of all Center resources. Opportunities to connect with other states/jurisdictions to share knowledge, ideas and problem-solve will be provided during and after active engagement with the Center. The Center is also able to assist states/jurisdictions in promoting authentic family partnerships and the intentional inclusion of health equity in their work.